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Food Producers Must Strategize on Sustainability

July 16, 2013 12:36 pm

More food producers need to create sustainable business strategies that not only reduce emissions but guarantee a healthier future for both their businesses and consumers, according to a July 14 panel discussion at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo in Chicago.


WhiteWave Foods 2Q Net Income Rises

July 16, 2013 12:34 pm

WhiteWave Foods Co., which makes Horizon organic milk and Silk brand food and beverages, said preliminary second-quarter net income rose 18 percent on strength in both North America and Europe. The company, which was spun off by Dean Foods in October, will discuss its second quarter financial results Aug. 9, but disclosed some preliminary results Monday ahead of investor meetings.


Deaf Patrons Sue Starbucks for Discrimination

July 16, 2013 12:32 pm

Some Starbucks workers in the city were so rude to deaf customers they mocked them and called the police to try to get them kicked out, a lawsuit says. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and an order from the court to stop discriminatory behavior for what's described as multiple occasions of abuse over the past year.


NC Food Producer Plans 500 Jobs

July 16, 2013 12:23 pm

A North Carolina-based company that turns fruits and vegetables into packaged juices, broths and other products that don't need refrigeration plans to add 500 jobs and could get $6.6 million in government assistance. North Carolina officials said the collection of tax breaks, worker training and land will help a Wright Foods plant in Montgomery County that now employs more than 80 expand over the next five years.


Pistachios Recalled over Salmonella

July 16, 2013 12:21 pm

Bags of pistachios made by a Hilo company are being recalled for possible salmonella contamination. Hawaii News Now reported yesterday the Food and Drug Administration says batches of Hilo Products Roasted & Salted Natural Pistachios may carry the bacteria.


Daily Sound Bite: Lawmakers Seek to Halt Sale of Island Livestock Lab

July 16, 2013 10:08 am

Congress voted in 2009 to sell an agriculture lab that studies livestock disease. The lab is on Plum Island, located just off the coast of New York's Long Island, and local lawmakers from New York and Connecticut are working to halt the sale of the land to private interests.


Coca-Cola’s Profit Dips as Soda Sales Decline at Home

July 16, 2013 9:43 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Coca-Cola's profit dipped in the latest quarter as the world's largest beverage maker sold less soda in its flagship North American market. The Atlanta-based company said global volume rose 1 percent in the quarter, helped by sales in countries including Vietnam and Indonesia. But in North America, it fell 1 percent, including a 4 percent drop in sodas.


Beam Opens Corporate Presence in Ky.

July 16, 2013 9:38 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press

Spirits maker Beam Inc. relies on Kentucky as its production hub, and now the company is branching out with a corporate presence in bourbon country. The company responsible for the Jim Beam and Maker's Mark bourbon brands on Monday marked the opening of its Global Business Services Center in an entertainment district in downtown Louisville.


Kansas Farmers Wary of Scaled-Down Farm Bill

July 16, 2013 9:37 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN,Associated Press

Kansas farmers remain leery of the scaled-down farm bill passed by the U.S. House as they wait to see what, if anything, actually makes it into law. But the competing versions for now preserve the one thing most cherished here — crop insurance subsidies.


Iowa Egg Firm Settles Suit over Salmonella Outbreak

July 16, 2013 9:35 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

The Iowa egg producers blamed for a 2010 salmonella outbreak have settled a lawsuit brought by a California distributor that lost profits from the foodborne illnesses and the resulting product recalls, court records show. Quality Egg and Hillandale Farms reached the settlement Thursday with NuCal Foods Inc., ending three years of litigation that shed light on the outbreak and its aftermath.


Some Seek to Halt Sale of Livestock Lab

July 16, 2013 9:33 am | by FRANK ELTMAN,Associated Press

"Plum Island is one of the natural treasures of the Northeast," said Rep. Timothy Bishop, a Democrat whose eastern Long Island district includes the island. "My bill would eliminate the wrongheaded requirement that it be sold into private hands for a fraction of its true value to our nation," Bishop said.


Photo of the Day: Selling Plum Island

July 16, 2013 9:28 am

Congress voted in 2009 to close the aging Plum Island Animal Disease Center and move operations to Kansas State University. But lawmakers from New York and Connecticut plan to introduce legislation Tuesday July 16, 2013 to stop the sale, saying it is unnecessary and uneconomical, and the island lab is worth preserving.

Consumer Trends: Consumers Eating Fewer Fruits and Veggies

July 15, 2013 1:00 pm

A new report says consumption of fruits and vegetables in the U.S. and Western Europe is declining, despite government efforts to promote healthy diets that include fruit and vegetable consumption. The report cites lower incomes and perceived price increases, alongside strong competition from processed and convenience foods, as the major factors driving this trend.


Magazine Fights Childhood Obesity 1 Recipe at a Time

July 15, 2013 12:37 pm | by MICHELE KAYAL,Associated Press

The concept is straightforward — ChopChop magazine portrays real children eating real food that they can cook themselves with little or no help from an adult. The recipes are nutritious, ethnically diverse and inexpensive. Most of its circulation comes from free distribution by doctors during well child visits.


Argentines Asked to Eat Fewer Tomatoes

July 15, 2013 12:35 pm

Argentines are seeing red after being asked to eat fewer tomatoes. The government asked consumers Friday to try to stay away from the beloved food for at least two months because of an expected shortage caused by seasonal reasons including crop rotations.


Twinkies May Be Smaller than Many Remember

July 15, 2013 12:29 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press

Twinkies are back, but they may be a bit smaller than you remember. The new owners of Hostess have leaner operating costs now that they're no longer using unionized workers. It turns out the spongy yellow cakes may also be a little smaller than the last Twinkies people remember eating.


Energy Drinks Go Natural as Market Buzzes Along

July 15, 2013 12:26 pm | by MICHAEL HILL,Associated Press and KAIT VOSSWINKEL, Food Manufacturing

Food Manufacturing contributed to this report. Energy drinks are busting out of the convenience store cooler and into the health food aisle. As energy drink sales soar like a caffeine-fueled rocket, more drinks are promoting organic ingredients, added juices, natural caffeine and so-called "clean" energy.


Daily Sound Bite: MS Meat Safety Woes

July 15, 2013 12:06 pm

A Jackson Clarion-Ledger investigation has uncovered a slew of food safety violations at Mississippi meat processing plants. The Clarion-Ledger found that despite numerous, repeat violations at facilities across the state, Enslin & Son Packing Co. was the only plant in the past decade to suspend operations in order to deal with a contamination.


U.S., Europe Upbeat on Trade Deal After First Talks

July 15, 2013 9:57 am | by MARJORIE OLSTER,Associated Press

The negotiating teams are grappling with how to reduce a host of regulations that obstruct trade such as Europe's tight standards on some food imports including genetically modified organisms and U.S. meat that has been washed with chemicals.


Coca-Cola to Report 2Q Results

July 15, 2013 9:56 am

Coca-Cola reports its second-quarter results Tuesday, which should give a snapshot of how the world's biggest beverage maker is adapting to criticism that its sugary drinks fuel obesity. The company is up against an ongoing decline in soda consumption and in January launched a marketing campaign designed to combat the idea that its drinks make people fat.



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